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lows it like sack and sugar-[Aside.]Certainly this lady must be your ward, Mr. Periwinkle, by her being under the care of four persons.
Per. By the description it should~~'Egad, if I could get that girdle, I'd ride with the sun, and make the tour of the world in four and twenty hours.[ Aside.] And are you to give that girdle to the first of the four guardians that shall give his consent to marry that lady, say you, sir ?
Col. I am so order'd, when I can find him.
Per. I fancy I know the very woman-her name is Anne Lovely?
Col. Excellenti-he said, indeed, that the first let. ter of her name was L.
Per. Did he really i-Well, that's prodigiously amazing, that a person in Grand Cairo should know
ward. Col. Your ward!
Per. To be plain with you, sir, I am one of those four guardians.
Col. Are you indeed, sir? I am transported to find the man who is to possess this Moros Musphonon is a person of so curious a taste-Here is a writing drawn up by that famous Egyptian, which if you will please to sign, you must turn your face full north, and the girdle is yours.
Per. If I live till this boy is born, I'll be embalm'd, and sent to the Royal Society when I die. Col. That you shall most certainly.
any thing of
Col. Who do you speak to, you son of a whore ? Per. Hal colonel.
Aside Col. Confound the blundering dog! [Aside. Draw. Why, to colonel. Sack. Get you out, you rascal.
[Kicks him out, and goes after him. Draw. What the devil is the matter?
Col. This dog has ruin'd all my schemes, I see by Periwinkle's looks.
[ Aside. Per. How finely I should have been chous'd-colonel, you'll pardon me that I did not give you your title before-it was pure ignorance, faith it wasPray-hem, hem! Pray, colonel, what post had this learned Egyptian in your regiment? Col. A
of your sneer. [Aside.] I don't understand you, sir. Per. No, that's strange! I understand you, colonel
-An Egyptian of Grand Cairo! ha, ha, hal-I am sorry such a well-invented tale should do you no more service
-We old fellows can see as far into a millstone as them that pick it I am not to be trick'd out of my trust-mark that.
Col. The devil! I must carry it off, I wish I were fairly out. [Aside.] Look ye, sir, you may make what jest you please but the stars will be obey'd, sir, and, depend upon't, I shall have the lady, and you
none of the girdle. Now for Mr. Freeman's part of the plot. Aside.]
[Exit. Per. The stars! ha, ha!-No star has favoured you, it seems -The girdle! ha, ha, ha! none of your legerdemain tricks can pass upon me -Why, what a pack of trumpery has this rogue picked upHis Pagod, Poluflosboio, his Zonas, Moros Musphonons, and the devil knows what-But I'll take care-Ha, gone !-Ay, 'twas time to sneak off.Soho! the house! [Enter Sackbut.] Where is this trickster ? Send for a constable, l'll have this rascal before the lord mayor; I'll Grand Cairo him, with a pox to him-I believe you had a hand in putting this imposture upon me, Sackbut.
Sack. Who I, Mr. Periwinkle ? I scorn it; I perceiv'd he was a cheat, and left the room on purpose to send for a constable to apprehend him, and endeavour'd to stop him when he went out-But the rogue made but one step from the stairs to the door, call'd a coach, leap'd into it, and drove away like the devil, as Mr. Freeman can witness, who is at the bar, and desires to speak with you; he is this minute come to
Per. Send him in. [Exit Sackbut.] What a scheme this rogue
has laid ! How I should have been laugh’d at, had it succeeded!
Enter FREEMAN, booted and spurr'd. Mr. Freeman, your dress comands your welcome te
town; what will you drink? I had like to have been impos’d upon here by the veriest rascal
Free. I am sorry to hear it-The dog flew for't; he had not 'scaped me, if I had been aware of him; Sack but struck at him but miss'd his blow, or he had done his business for him.
Per. I believe you never heard of such a contrivance, Mr. Freeman, as this fellow had found out.
Free. Mr. Sackbut has told me the whole story, Mr. Periwinkle; but now I have something to tell you of much more importance to yourself. I happen'd to lie one night at Coventry, and knowing your uncle Sir Toby Periwinkle, I paid him a visit, and, to my great surprise, found him dying.
Free. Dying, in all appearance ; the servants weeping, the room in darkness: the 'pothecary, shaking his head, told me the doctors had given him over; and then there are small hopes, you know.
Per. I hope he made his will he always told me he would make me his heir.
Free. I have heard you say as much, and therefore resolved to give you notice. I should think it would not be amiss if you went down to-morrow morning.
Per. It is a long journey, and the roads very bad.
Free. But he has a great estate, and the land very good - Think upon that.
Per. Why, that's true, as you say; I'll think upon it : in the mean time, I give you many thanks for
your civility, Mr. Freeman, and should be glad of your company to dine with me.
Free. I am oblig'd to be at Jonathan's coffee-house at two, and now it is half an hour after one; if I dispatch my business, I'll wait on you; I know your hour.
Per. You shall be very welcome, Mr. Freeman, and so your humble servant.
Re-enter Colonel and SACKBUT. Free. Ha, ha, ha! I have done your business, colonel; he has swallow'd the bait.
Col. I overheard all, though I am a little in the dark; I am to personate a highwayman, I suppose-that's a project I am not fond of; for though I may fright him out of his consent, he may fright me out of my life, when he discovers me, as he certainly must in the end.
Free. No, no, I have a plot for you without danger, but first we must manage Tradelove-Has the taylor brought your clothes ?
Sack. Yes, pox take the thief.
Free. Well, well, no matter, I warrant we have him yét-But now you must put on the Dutch mer. chant.
Col. The deuce of this trading plot-I wish he had been an old soldier, that I might have attack'd him in my own way, heard him fight o'er all the battles of the late war -But for trade, by Jupiter, I shall never do it.